Towering Giraffe Liezel van der Westhuizen to swim from Robben Island to Big Bay, for NSRI fundraising
As a passionate fitness enthusiast who also believes in supporting really positively impactful initiatives, Liezel van der Westhuizen will be open water swimming 7.5km, from the historic Robben Island to Big Bay, with a small group of NSRI volunteers, for the fundraising of their Water Safety Education & Survival Swimming programmes.
“So far, the non-profit National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has impacted the lives of more than 3 000 children and many communities, through their water safety programs, and I wanted to do my part in helping lower the figure of 29% of fatal drownings occurring among kids under 14 years old,” Liezel said.
Renowned fitness enthusiast Liezel van der Westhuizen has already taken on the likes of IronMan triathlons, endurance competitions, and sports challenges like tandem cycling the Himalayans with a blind athlete. Her latest conquest is another challenge with heart: taking on a challenging swim, for NSRI swim programs that are saving lives. Liezel is a volunteer ar NSRI Coastal watchers programme.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a non-profit organization full of volunteers who want to educate and inform, save lives, and uplift communities however they can. Some of their volunteers will be undertaking a swim crossing to Big Bay, from the historic Robben Island, in order to raise funds and awareness for the NSRI’s Water Safety Education & Survival Swimming programmes.
These programs have the power to reduce the figures of fatal drownings in South Africa – figures which currently stand at 29% fatal drownings for children under the age of 14. As a passionate fitness enthusiast, and someone invested in making her country and its people better, safer, healthier and more successful, Liezel gladly added her name to the fundraising initiative and started training for the open water swim, which is 7.5 km at the shortest distance between the start and end destination. So far, Liezel has raised R2 500, and the NSRI organization has a target of R100 000 for this fundraising initiative.